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Everette Samson Sutton, 1893-1987


RG1446.AM:  Everette Samson Sutton, 1893-1987

Research files:  ca. 1979 and prior
Benkelman, Dundy County, Neb.:  Burlington Railroad employee and local historian
Size:  0.25 cu.ft., 1 box

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Everette Samson Sutton, Jr. was born January 3, 1893 in Naponee, Nebraska to Clara and Everette Sutton, Sr. In 1899 the family moved to Brush, Colorado where Everette, Sr. worked for the Burlington Railroad. In 1911, Sutton joined the National Guard at Fort Morgan, Colorado and trained for the wireless and signal corps.

Sutton moved to Max, Nebraska in 1915 and married Hazel Ava Gorthy the following year. The couple lived above the Burlington depot where Sutton worked. In 1943, they moved to Benkelman where Sutton continued to work for the railroad, retiring from his position as Benkelman stationmaster in 1968 after 58 years of continuous service with Burlington.

Everette Sutton acted as the unofficial historian of Dundy County and southwest Nebraska in general. He produced hundreds of files on historical incidents and individuals, wrote numerous church histories, and documented every burial in Dundy County. He helped to found the Dundy County Historical Society in the early 1960s as well as societies in St. Francis, Goodland and Atwood, Kansas; Imperial and Trenton, Nebraska and Wray, Colorado. Sutton served on the Nebraska State Historical Society's Board of Directors for seven years and authored two books, Teepees to Soddies: Southwestern Nebraska and Thereabouts, 1968 and Sutton's Southwest Nebraska and Republican River Valley Tributaries, 1983.

Active in community service, Sutton served as president of the Max Rural High School District and the REA, was a board member of the Dundy County Agricultural Society Farm Bureau, a sponsor of the Dundy County Fair, trustee of the Benkelman Methodist Church and a local 4-H leader.

Everett Sutton died at the Kenton Nursing Home in Greeley, Colorado on April 26, 1987 at the age of 94.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection of E. S. Sutton's Dundy County research files consists of four series: 1) Cemetery Research; 2) Dundy County Sites and Towns Research; 3) Manuscripts; and 4) Miscellaneous.

The collection represents Sutton's enthusiasm for Dundy County history. Series 1 of Sutton's papers provide detailed information on twenty-nine cemeteries and burial sites, twenty-one of which include burial listings. In general, information is provided for each site regarding location, date of organization, records available and brief histories. Series 2 of the collection outlines thirty-four towns and historical county sites and relates information garnered from over fifty years of research concerning location, population, churches, schools, post offices, early businesses, published material available, anecdotes and brief histories. Also included is correspondence between Sutton and A.E. Sheldon, Director of the Nebraska State Historical Society. Series 3 contains copies of a 1940 manuscript by Sutton entitled, "As the Indian Knows Beecher Island." Series 4 consists of photocopies of correspondence, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, etc. relating to Charles Cormack, pioneer and Civil War veteran. Sutton's work, whether published or found in his research files, provides an exhaustive source of Dundy County history.

Additional research files of Everette Sutton are available at the Dundy County Historical Society.

DESCRIPTION

Series 1 - Cemetery Research

Box 1
Folder
  1. Table of Contents, Introduction
  2. Dundy County Cemeteries and Gravesites:

    Ash Grove
    Benkelman
    Breeden (burial of John Breeden)
    Boston
    Buckskin Jack (cowboy burial)
    Gallagher (burial of Max Joseph Gallagher, one mile east of Max)
    Haigler (see also OB033)
    Hiawatha
    Highland
    Hughes
    Knapp
    Max
    Mt. Zion
    Ough
    Parks Presbyterian/McAllister
    Pleasant Valley
    Rollwitz/Valley Center
    Sandwich
    St. Paul's Lutheran
    Sleeper's/Sleepy Hollow
    Texas Trail Canyon
    St. Joseph's Catholic (Benkelman)
    Miscellaneous burials

  3. Chase County Cemeteries and Gravesites:

    Berry brothers/McGillan (Champion)
    Sugden sisters

  4. Kansas Cemeteries and Gravesites:

    Baker (Cheyenne County)
    Tallmon/Tolman
    Wheeler
    St. Francis

Series 2 - Dundy County Sites and Town Research

Box 1
Folder
  1. Correspondence, 1977 and Maps
  2. Towns:

    Allston
    Haigler
    Hiawatha
    Max
    Parks
    Rollwitz
    Sandwich
    Sandborn

  3. County Sites:

    Allston
    Arakan
    Benkelman
    Burntwood City, Kansas
    Callison
    Calvert
    Colfer
    Collinsville
    Doane Siding
    Dundy Centre
    Haigler
    Hancock
    Hiawatha
    Hoover
    Ives (Parks)
    Jacobs
    Kaw
    Lamont
    Lux
    Norton
    Max
    Neel
    Ough
    Parks
    Rock Creek
    Rollwitz
    Valley Center
    Rosewater
    St. Elmer (Elmer)
    Sanborn
    Sandwich
    Circle Ranch
    Union
    Custer Historical Marker
    Cheyenne Canyon
    Leavenworth Pikes Peak Stage Line

  4. Correspondence with A.E. Sheldon, 1939

Series 3 - Manuscripts

Box 1
Folder
  1. "As the Indian Knows Beecher Island," 1940

Series 4 - Miscellaneous

Box 1
Folder
  1. Charles Cormack research

 

ADDED ENTRIES:

Beecher Island, Battle of, Colo., 1868
Cemeteries -- Chase County (Neb.)
Cemeteries -- Dundy County (Neb.)
Cemeteries -- Kansas
Cheyenne Indians -- Wars -- 1868-1869
Cormack, Charles H., 1846-1944
Chase County (Neb.) -- Cemeteries
Dundy County (Neb.) -- Cemeteries
Dundy County (Neb.) -- History
Dundy County (Neb.) -- Post Offices
Dundy County (Neb.) -- Towns
Kansas -- Cemeteries
Post Offices -- Dundy County (Neb.)
Sutton, E.S. (Everette Samson), 1893-1987

 

05-09-2007   Revised TMM/tmm

 

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